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Today's News

  • Some colorful NM govs

    SANTA FE — As part of this column’s centennial coverage, I take pleasure in talking today about my picks for New Mexico’s most colorful governors.
    Most of this information you won’t find in history books. It is gleaned from personal memories or stories my father told as I was growing up.
    Many of my father’s political stories were about Gov. Clyde Tingley who was elected governor in 1934 at the height of the Depression. His campaign theme had been “Order out of Chaos,” But Tingley, who mangled the English language, kept forgetting that chaos doesn’t rhyme with Taos.

  • In the pursuit of excellence

    Of the many characteristics that I have come to know and admire about Los Alamos, the pursuit of excellence is one. It seems since the first student stepped into a “Secret City” classroom, the importance and quality of education has been on the minds of our citizenry.  
    Over the decades, there were many signs that point to the importance that education played. For example, the new high school in the early 1950s was hailed as “a state of the art facility.” Similarly, educators from the 1970s celebrated the high school’s selection as a Bellamy Award winner for excellence in community relations, education, citizenship and civic concern.

  • ´Topper boys, girls take first place at their home invitational

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams held on to win the Los Alamos Classic Saturday.
    Los Alamos hosted its one and only home event of the 2012 season Saturday, picking up the top point totals among the six competing squads. Both teams, however, got a bit of competition from Class 3A Hope Christian.
    Hope Christian’s girls scored 148 points to finish as the runners-up behind Los Alamos, which garnered 164 points. The Hilltopper boys had a more comfortable margin of victory, 171-124, to pick up their second straight team victory.

  • ´Toppers pick up big sweep Saturday

    BERNALILLO — Heading into game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, the pressure was squarely on the shoulders of the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
    Following Saturday’s action, however, the pressure is on the rest of District 2-4A to catch them.
    The Hilltopper softball team earned two huge victories Saturday in Bernalillo, knocking off the Bernalillo Spartans, who had to be going into Saturday the district favorites. Instead, the Hilltoppers earned a wild 8-5 victory in the opener and picked up a 6-0 shutout in the second game.

  • 'Toppers take 2 from Spartans

    BERNALILLO — The District 2-4A season could’ve scarcely started better for the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team.
    The Hilltoppers, playing on the road, took a tight 5-3 ballgame in the opener of their district twinbill with the Bernalillo Spartans, then exploded for 12 runs in the final three innings to pick up a victory in the nightcap, 14-1.
    Los Alamos and Bernalillo have slugged it out for several seasons for control of 2-4A. In 2012, the early advantage goes to the Hilltoppers.
    “It was big,” said Los Alamos pitcher Steven Williams, who threw a gem in game two. “We really wanted to show them what we were made of. We have never played them too good, but we made sure we gave them a game this time.”

  • LANL Foundation announces scholarship winners

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation (Foundation) announced the 2012 scholarship recipient awardees this week.  Sixty-eight students were awarded a total of $401,000 in scholarships.  The recipient of the top Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) $30,000 Platinum award is Scott Carlsten, a Los Alamos High School senior and burgeoning career scientist.

  • County to test CodeRed Thursday

    Los Alamos County will conduct a test of its CodeRED emergency notification system at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday. The county contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution in November of last year. The CodeRED system provides county officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.

  • Legal questions raised about candidate filings

    SANTA FE — Attorney General Gary King's office offered a legal defense Friday for the Senate's top leader and several other candidates to remain on the primary election ballot despite the omission of some required information from their filing papers.

    In a memo to the state's top election official, King's office said past legal rulings suggest that a New Mexico court would not reject the candidates because of a technical problem in the nominating petitions submitted by the candidates when they filed for office earlier this week.

    Secretary of State Dianna Duran had asked King whether she should exclude Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and 11 other candidates from the June ballot.

  • LANL begins enhanced security procedures

     Los Alamos National Laboratory began implementing several changes to its security procedures on Friday, March 16.   The most prominent change is the increase of random inspections of all vehicles transiting the Laboratory, to include West and East Jemez Roads and roadways leading to the main Laboratory administrative area, Technical Area 3.  The changes are a result of recommendations made during a recent review of Laboratory protective measures by a joint Department of Defense and Department of Energy security assessment.

  • Economy bumping along

    News, good, bad and of no significance, came in the latest job numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions.
    The insignificance in the changes from January 2011 to January 2012 was both in terms of size—the changes being small—and statistics—the changes also being too small to matter.
    For example, we added all of 300 people to the labor force between December and January, the BLS said, bringing the January labor force total to 920,800 on a seasonally unadjusted basis. The change is both small and statistically insignificant.
    That the labor force grew, however slightly, was a switch, a bit of good news.